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Dispelling Darkness from the Home

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Last Updated on Thursday, 27 January 2022 08:47

Human beings, like all other living creatures, are affected – both positively and negatively – by their environment. When the heat is extreme, humans are at risk of suffering from heat stroke or dehydration. Conversely, if it is too cold, people may suffer from hypothermia.

Fortunately, Allah Ta‘ala has blessed the human being with the ability to manipulate his environment to some extent, to make the condition more comfortable, conducive and favourable. Hence, during the scorching heat-waves of summer, we use air conditioners to keep our homes cool, and in the freezing cold of winter, we use heaters to stay warm.

The temperature, as a factor affecting our environment, is not a physical object that can be seen and touched, but it is certainly perceived and experienced, and can even be gauged and measured. Similarly, there are other factors influencing our environment, and these can also be perceived and experienced, though not touched and held. Among these is the factor of noor (light), barakah (blessings) and sukoon (tranquillity).

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Summer Safety

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Last Updated on Thursday, 09 December 2021 16:06

With the onset of the summer season, and the annual school holidays on our doorstep, children across the country are overjoyed and are eagerly awaiting the hours of fun they will enjoy in the sun.

In this regard, it is of vital importance for every parent to adhere to certain guidelines that will ensure the Deeni and physical safety of their children during this period. It takes just a few moments of carelessness to cause a lifetime of regret and remorse, so we should all be vigilant and should not take our children’s wellbeing for granted. With this in mind, a few basic guidelines have been outlined below:

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Stress = Rest?

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 July 2021 10:16

If there is a pandemic across the globe that is equally deadly to Covid-19, it is undoubtedly the ‘pandemic’ of STRESS. Cardiac arrest, IBS, mental breakdowns and a host of other ailments can have their roots traced to the poison known as STRESS. In fact, the damage caused by STRESS is not limited to the human body, as it even has the potential to destroy marriages, ruin friendships, end careers and turn family members against one another.

However, if we examine STRESS, then we will realize that by adopting a simple procedure, we can convert our STRESS into REST. On viewing the two words, we will notice that both contain the same letters. Hence, the only difference between them is the sequence of the letters, and the fact that STRESS contains an additional two letters – and in these two differences lie the solution.

The first step is to rearrange our lives to correct the sequence. Just as switching the letters around will convert S-T-R-E-S-S into R-E-S-T, arranging our lives according to the real priorities, and adhering to the arrangement and sequence, will cause us to find REST from our STRESS.

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A Vacation without My Beloved

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2020 15:48

“BEEP BEEP! BEEP BEEP!” For many people, there are few things in life as dreaded as the sound of an alarm clock, yet that is the sound to which billions of people commence their morning every day, as awakening on time is a priority.

However, come the holidays, and the sound of the morning alarm is replaced with the sound of blissful snores. After months of toil, the family can finally enjoy the chance to sleep in for a while. Instead of rushing, breakfast can be enjoyed in leisure, and for a change, people can even enjoy an afternoon nap.

But, in many homes, those are not the only changes...

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Nosey Parker

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Last Updated on Thursday, 29 October 2020 09:06

The term ‘nosey parker’ refers to a person who is overly inquisitive and pries into other people’s affairs. While there is no consensus regarding how the term was coined or who the original and proverbial Mr. Parker may have been, what we DO know is that every society has its share of ‘nosey parkers’.

A nosey parker is the person who wants to know how much rent you pay, how much the car costs, what you bought on holiday, who paid for your tickets, what you keep in your freezer, whether you get along with your mother-in-law, how much your husband earns, what you have in your shopping bags and a host of other questions that DO NOT RELATE TO OR CONCERN THIS PERSON IN ANY WAY.

In the case of a divorce, the nosey parker is the one who embarks on an investigation to unearth every nitty-gritty detail though it has absolutely nothing to do with him. In other words, the only purpose for enquiring is to quench his thirst to know intimate details of other people’s lives – something which people resent and dislike. At times, a nosey parker may try to justify his behaviour by stating that his intention is to help and assist. However, the fact of the matter is that nobody asked for his assistance, so what gives him the right to dig into other people’s affairs???

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